Monday, September 22, 2014

God's Temple

I've been reading the book of Numbers.  I thought it was interesting in chapter four the author gives details of the different branches of the Levite clan and their obligations to the temple (Tent of Meeting).  Kohathite, Gershonite and Merarite branches had specific places to camp around the Tent of Meeting as well as specific obligations to the monitor the items within and outside temple.  In fact, each had duties and a specific way to carry the items when they traveled.   If any individual didn't follow these specific duties they way God commanded, they could die!

I find this interesting because,  in I Corinthians 6:19, it says, "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;"

If our body is the holy temple and God intended His holy temple to be cared for so carefully by the Levites, how should we be caring for our body?  He says our body isn't ours.  We are just the manager of the body God gave us much like the Levites managed the Tent of Meeting.  Is the health problems I have off and on due to the lack of care to God's temple?  Could I die due to lack of caring for my body?  Of course, I could.  

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the body you gave me to manage.  I pray you will give me the Godly wisdom and discernment to understand how to care for your temple through nutrition, exercise and purity.  I also pray for this same wisdom for my family members, parents, children, grandchildren, and friends.  May your will be done with your holy temple and may the gifts you give to me and my family and friends be used only for your glory. 

In Jesus name, Amen.